Recycling & Trash

Food Scraps Recycling

Food Scraps Starter Kit
Food Scraps Starter Kit

Food Scraps Recycling: In 2016, the Como Community Council opened an organics recycling drop-off site in Como Park, on Beulah Lane. just west of McMurray Fields. This is a cooperative project with Ramsey County, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Saint Paul Public Works, and the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board. Unlike many other county sites that recycle organics, the Como Park site is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.

To help you recycle your food scraps and other household organics waste, you can pick up kitchen starter kits and compostable bags at our office in the Historic Streetcar Station, 1224 N. Lexington Parkway, at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. (Enter the parking lot from Horton, just east of Lexington).

See a list of what organics you can and cannot recycle at our site.

Residential Recycling

Household Recycling: The City of Saint Paul contracts with Eureka Recycling, which is a local nonprofit, to recycle paper, many plastics, cans, and fabrics. Recycling day in District 10 is Friday; carts should be in their pickup location by 7 a.m. (For most homes, pickup is in your alley; however, for some homes, pickup is curbside.)

All residents automatically receive a 64-gallon cart. If you want to swap that for a larger, 95-gallon cart or a smaller, 32-gallon cart, call Eureka at 651-222-7678. If you have any questions about your recycling schedule or missed pickups, call Eureka Recycling’s Zero Waste Hotline at 651-222-SORT (7678) or visit www.eurekarecycling.org. For general recycling information, see the City of Saint Paul web page.

Residential Trash

Household trash: On Oct. 1, 2018, Saint Paul began coordinated trash collection for every single-family home, duplex, and apartment building up to four units. In short, the city assigns a specific hauler to pick up trash on a specific day, depending on where you live. Before that, property owners were responsible for finding their own hauler for trash service.

In most of Como, trash is picked up on Fridays, the same day as recycling. For residents who live west of Hamline and north of Jessamine, trash is picked up on Mondays (recycling is still picked up on Fridays). See the city’s map for details on your trash day and designated hauler.  Residents have four service options (prices include tax and other fees):

  • 35-gallon cart, picked up every other week: $59.23 per quarter
  • 35-gallon cart, picked up every week: $69.04 per quarter
  • 64-gallon cart, picked up every week: $94.87 per quarter
  • 96-gallon cart, picked up every week: $101.23 per quarter

Bills are sent quarterly in advance. Property owners are responsible for the bill. In addition, an administrative fee of $26.14 per year is added to property tax bills.

For complete details on how coordinated collection works, see the city’s Garbage web page. For questions, call your hauler or call the city at 651-266-6101.

Citywide Drop-Off Events: Saint Paul typically holds four citywide drop-off events each summer so residents can affordably and legally dispose of large items, electronics, construction debris, and other junk that does not fit or does not belong in the trash. The Como Community Council typically organizes one of these events in June at the State Fairgrounds.

All drop-off events are on Saturdays, and are open to any city resident from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. See the city’s All-In website for details, including what you can dispose of and what it will cost. 

General Disposal Information: For other information and answers on how to best reuse, recycle, or properly dispose of any household item (including yard waste and household hazardous waste), call the Ramsey County Recycling and Disposal 24/7 Hotline at 651-633-EASY (3279), or browse the Ramsey Recycles website. The county site has extensive details in several categories, plus an A to Z recycling guide.